Martin Haspelmath

Martin Haspelmath (German: [ˈmaʁtiːn ˈhaspl̩maːt]; born 2 February 1963 in Hoya, Lower Saxony) is a German linguist working in the field of linguistic typology. He is a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig from 1998 to 2015 and since 2020. Between 2015 and 2020, he worked at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. He is also an honorary professor of linguistics at the University of Leipzig.[1][2]

Martin Haspelmath
Born (1963-02-02) 2 February 1963 (age 58)
Hoya, Lower Saxony
Academic background
ThesisA typological study of indefinite pronouns (1993)
Doctoral advisorEkkehard König
Academic work
DisciplineLinguistic typology
Sub-disciplineSyntactic and morphological theory
InstitutionsMax Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

He is one of the editors of the World Atlas of Language Structures and the Glottolog online database, and has worked on the Standard Average European sprachbund. Besides typology, his research interests include syntactic and morphological theory, language change and language contact.

He is a member of the Academia Europaea.[3] According to Google Scholar, his work has been cited over 26,000 times and he has an h-index of 76.[4]


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  3. ^ "Martin Haspelmath". Academia Europaea. Retrieved 2020-05-05.
  4. ^ Martin Haspelmath, Google Scholar

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